Some Departments of the University permit academically superior majors to petition for admission into the College's 'AGRADE' program. 'AGRADE' procedures enable qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs and apply a maximum of fifteen credits towards both a bachelor's and master's degree in the major field. Students electing 'AGRADE' programs may expect to complete the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of full-time study.
An 'AGRADE' applicant may petition the Graduate Committee of the major Department for acceptance into the program no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are completed. Applicants must have an overall grade point average at the cum laude level and not less than a 3.6 grade point average in the major courses already completed. If the student's petition is accepted, the student's faculty adviser shall develop a graduate Plan of Work, specifying the 'AGRADE' courses to be included in subsequent semesters.
Credits earned through 'AGRADE' are considered Honors credits towards graduation with University and/or Department Honors. Students are asked to submit a copy of the approved 'AGRADE' plan of work to the Honors Advisor. Each 'AGRADE' class will be processed as an Honors Option and the notation added to the student's transcript.
For more details about the 'AGRADE' program, contact the chairperson of the major department.